BlackBerry prepping another flagship phone; Motorola plan to make smart watch this year

Quick news from around the Web.

> The U.S. House passed a bill that would allow for cell phone unlocking. Article

> BlackBerry is considering using its BBM service to allow users to transfer money. Article

> BlackBerry is preparing to release a new flagship phone the company hopes to use to steal users from Android and iOS. Article

> Motorola plans to release a smart watch this year. Article

> Qualcomm is working with Google in the connected car market, though the chip giant is not yet ready to join Google's Open Automotive Alliance. Article

> The FCC is now offering a speed test app to iOS users. Article

> Some versions of Samsung's Galaxy S5 will support carrier aggregation technology. Article

> Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said that heavy Internet users should pay more than other users to get online, a scheme he said aligns with net neutrality principles. Article

>  Verizon Wireless selected Samsung to supply indoor LTE solutions. Release

> Isis CEO Michael Abbott thinks the pieces are set for the broader adoption of mobile payments. Article

> The Manhattan U.S. Attorney has reportedly sent subpoenas to numerous companies that do business with Mt. Gox and other bitcoin exchanges to seek information on how they handled recent cyber attacks. Article

> Obama administration lawyers have presented the White House with four options for restructuring the National Security Agency's phone-surveillance program. Article (sub. req.)

> Apple confirmed that it urged Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer over the weekend to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gays and lesbians. Article

> Samsung unveiled hexa-core and 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos chips. Article

> Syniverse and MasterCard launched a pilot project to ensure mobile users' credit card transactions will be enabled no matter where they travel. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T has taken another step to expand its work with third-party solution providers via a three-year $300 million investment in its Partner Exchange Reseller Program. Article

> One of the telling trends that came out of this year's Winter Olympics Sochi Games was that they were the most streamed Olympics ever. Article

> Windstream has added another win to its public sector services column by being awarded a $3 million, 36-month contract from the Department of Defense (DoD) to bring new fiber connections to two U.S.-based military bases. Article

Cable News

> "There's no question that we are seeing changes in consumer consumption," said Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, during a keynote presentation at the Mobile World Congress trade show. Article

> Cablevision dropped 18,000 net video subscribers in the fourth quarter, but the losses were fewer than analysts had expected and an improvement compared to the 50,000 subscribers it shed in the year-ago quarter. Article

> MobiTV said it is pitching wireless carriers an HDMI dongle similar to Google's Chromecast device that could be used to deliver video programming to multiple devices in subscriber homes, including TVs, tablets and smartphones. Article

> Comcast's success in extracting payments from Netflix won't end its dispute with Cogent, which distributes Netflix video and other traffic, Cogent's CEO said. Article

European Wireless News

> Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) are proving to be beneficiaries of Vodafone's Verizon Wireless windfall, as the Swedish and Finnish vendors have just won five-year deals under the operator's £7 billion (€8.5 billion) Project Spring network investment program. Article

> Qualcomm Technologies and Deutsche Telekom are collaborating on the first LTE Direct operator trial in Germany. Article

And finally… Netflix poked fun at Amazon's drone proposal. Article

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